Di Mat­teo wants re­peat of fa­mous come­back

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ROBERTO DI MAT­TEO has si­lenced any talk of Cham­pi­ons League glory.

And the Blues care­taker­boss has warned that his side must show the spirit of Napoli if they are to clinch a semi-final spot.

The west London club made them­selves favourites to reach the semi-fi­nals when Salomon Kalou’s strike se­cured a 1-0 win in Lisbon last week.

But Di Mat­teo reck­ons com­pla­cency could WRECK his side’s hopes of tak­ing the next step to­wards land­ing the one tro­phy that’s eluded them in the Ro­man Abramovich era.

In­stead the Ital­ian has de­manded a re­peat of the do-or-die ap­proach that in­spired a mem­o­rable come­back against Napoli in the last round.


He said: “This tie is far from over. Ben­fica have scored in ev­ery away game of their Cham­pi­ons League sea­son, so it’s a dif­fi­cult task to­mor­row night.

“We’ll have to ap­proach this game like the Napoli game.

“It is a dan­ger­ous re­sult. This is half-time and we are lead­ing 1-0, but a 1-0 lead is ba­si­cally noth­ing.

“Our play­ers are aware of this and we’ll have to go into this game with the same at­ti­tude as against Napoli.

“Noth­ing has been done yet – we’re aware of that. We need to go and qual­ify for the next round.”

Di Mat­teo knows vic­tory will strengthen his claim to be in­stalled as An­dre Vil­lasBoas’s per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor.

But he re­fuses to pub­licly pitch for the job – even though the Blues’ sea­son has been re­vived un­der him.

He said: “I’m very happy

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